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Lost in America

Smooth Talk

Laura Dern stars as a young girl blinded by the allure of a mysterious older man.

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USA-UK 1985
Dir Joyce Chopra
With Laura Dern, Treat Williams, Mary Kay Place
91min
35mm
Certificate 15

The sugary comforts of the 1980s coming-of-age drama are spun into a more unsettling confection in Chopra’s sensitive yet troubling film. In a brilliant first lead performance, Laura Dern plays Connie, a typical 15-year-old Californian with a fractured relationship with her mother and a fledgling sexual awareness, whose attraction to enigmatic older misfit Arnold Friend (Williams) brings unforeseen danger.


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